GHS student charged with felony for alleged weapon possession

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin High School student, 17-year-old Jeremy Lecompte, is in police custody after allegedly taking a weapon on school property. According to Investigator Ryan Bynum, of the Griffin Police Department, Lecompte was taken into custody Thursday after a student reported the incident. The student initially made a report to a teacher, […]

Griffin PD investigating report of GHS student in possession of pellet gun

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an incident allegedly involving a Griffin High School student who reportedly was in possession of a pellet gun at school. According to a letter issued by GHS Principal Dr.  Darrell Evans, the pellet gun was secured by administrators. “It was reported that a student was […]

Former GHS teacher arrested on new charges involving juveniles; original bond revoked

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brandy Lynn Nickels, the former Griffin High School teacher charged with numerous sex crimes involving students, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after her bond was revoked following a second arrest. The GRIP was the only media present in the courtroom to hear arguments in the bond […]

GPD: GHS “shoe” fight was not unprovoked attack

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin Police Department say all four Griffin High School students videotaped fighting in a boy’s restroom Monday, Dec. 7, were voluntary participants. According to Lt. Mike Natale, of the Office of the Chief, the four GHS students fought over a false allegation of stolen shoes. He said the […]

Five Griffin High School students arrested after two Monday morning fights

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Five Griffin High School students were arrested Monday morning as a result of two separate and unrelated fights. According to Lt. Michael Natale, of the Griffin Police Department, the first incident involved four juveniles and the second involved two additional students. “In the first incident, four students were charged with fighting. […]

Local teacher arrested on multiple felony child sexual assault charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stephen Chapman, age 51, of Griffin, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin High School where he taught math and coached the tennis team. Chapman was arrested on five felony charges including of aggravated rape, aggravated sodomy, incest, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation. Authorities say the crimes have been […]

Standing in for their fallen brother

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Hundreds of law enforcement officers from more than a dozen agencies are in attendance at the Griffin High School graduation ceremony in honor of Officer Kevin Jordan, whose son is graduating.

Board of Education approves hiring of new GHS Bears football coach

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Jarrett Laws, who most recently held the position of head football coach at Drew High School in Clayton County, will immediately take the helm in that same capacity at Griffin High School. Laws hiring was on Tuesday evening approved by a vote of 3-0-1, with Board of Education members Barbara Jo […]

Devoursney Resignation Open Records Report

The Grip has received numerous requests to upload the open records report we received from the Griffin-Spalding County School system regarding the allegations and investigation of grade changing and illegal recruiting by Griffin High School coach Steve Devoursney and teacher Jessica Devoursney. The documents we obtained appear below in full:

BoE votes to unanimously accept DeVoursneys’ resignations

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has unanimously voted to accept the voluntary resignations of Griffin High School football coach Steve DeVoursney and his wife, Jessica DeVoursney. The Grip will update this story later this evening.

Board of Education enters executive session

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Members of the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education called its special called meeting to order promptly at 3 p.m. and following the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, immediately entered executive session. Personnel issues are one of few reasons elected boards may privately confer without public and media scrutiny. Today’s meeting was called […]

School Board will meet to review DeVoursneys’ resignations

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education will on April 10 meet to consider the resignation of Coach Steve DeVoursney, effective at the end of the current school year. An investigation began in October 2013 after allegations of an issue from the 2010-11 school year. The investigation began with the school system hiring […]

Steve DeVoursney, GHS Bears head coach, resigns

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Griffin High School football Coach Steve DeVoursney resigned today, effective immediately. According to Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, DeVoursney submitted a voluntary resignation. “It was voluntary. He was not given the option of resigning in lieu of termination,” Jones said. When asked if DeVoursney’s resignation was precipitated by a complaint […]